SIOUX FALLS, SD -
August and September aren't just big months for teachers and students heading back to school. It's also a busy time for doctors and nurses in labor and delivery.
In August of 2012, Avera set a new record for the number of babies born at its Sioux Falls hospital. This August, they beat that record.
Mya Redmond is one of about 200 babies born at Avera in Sioux Falls last month.
"At certain times in the nursery, there was a whole lineup of babies in there," Mya's mother, Traci Redmond, said.
Still Redmond says her time at the hospital wasn't as chaotic as you might expect during a baby boom. That's because many hospitals, including Avera, hire enough labor and delivery staff to make sure there are plenty of nurses available on the busiest days of the year.
"On days when we're not busy, people can go home, but then we have enough staff hired so that when we have those high census days, we can have that one-on-one patient nursing," Avera OB/GYN Dr. Kimberlee McKay said.
Last month, the number of babies born broke last August's record by about four percent. And this month could be just as busy.
"From the time I started residency, these have always been our really busy months," McKay said.
So why are August and September such busy months to have a baby? One of the possible reasons---look back to that cold winter.
"When you have a long, cold winter like we did, what else is there to do really?," McKay said.
McKay also points out that babies being born now were conceived around holiday time.
"Seeing all those little kids with their presents, and you think of families, and one thing leads to another, doesn't it?," McKay said.
Redmond says she didn't intentionally plan to have a baby in August, but she's glad she did.
"People would rather be home on maternity leave when they can do other things versus in January or February when it's too cold to take a newborn out," Redmond said.
No matter what time of year, Redmond is just glad her little girl is happy and healthy.
"We're very excited about her arrival," Redmond said.
McKay says she's usually the least busy in March, April and May.
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